BENGALURU: Investigators now suspect that people involved in the September 5, 2017 murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh may have been involved in the killing of scholar M M Kalburgi and rationalist Govind Pansare as well. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the murder of Lankesh held a meeting with officials of the Criminal Investigation Department investigating the murder of scholar Kalburgi on Friday. It is learnt that fresh leads have emerged in the Kalburgi murder case during the course of the probe in the Lankesh murder and the meeting was held to discuss the future course of the investigation.
The ballistic reports submitted by forensic experts had revealed that the same 7.65 mm country-made pistol was used in both the murders. Subsequently, it is said, questioning of the two accused persons and three suspects in Lankesh murder case had led the SIT officials to suspect their role in the murder of Kalburgi too. In this background, a meeting was held with the CID team probing Kalburgi’s murder.
SIT sources said its chief and IGP B K Singh, Chief Investigation Officer and DCP M N Anucheth and other top officials from CID team exchanged details in the Kalburgi’s case and discussed how to take the case forward. Investigation in Kalburgi’s murder had almost hit a dead-end with CID officials losing hope after probing all angles. Now, with fresh leads emerging in the Lankesh case, the CID team is hoping to bring the case to a logical end soon.
However, both SIT and CID officials, so far, do not have a clue about the shooters in both the cases. It is learnt that Maharashtra-based rationalist Pansare’s murder case would also be cracked as the same weapon was one among the two pistols used in that case, too. It is learnt that the SIT has intensified the questioning of Praveen alias Sujith Kumar of Udupi, Amol Kale and Pradeep Mahajan, both hailing from Maharashtra, as they suspect that they had played a key role in these murders.